Bovey Lee
Artist Statement

Bovey Lee is a Hong Kong born, Pittsburgh-based artist. Her paper cutouts unite digital technologies and handcraftsmanship to contemporize a fading folk art, Chinese paper cutting. Her impossibly intricate and highly complex paper cutouts explore our universally shared experience of power, sacrifice, and survival.

Bovey’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Museum Bellerive in Zurich, Switzerland; Scope/Art Asia fairs in Miami, Florida and Basel, Switzerland; National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK; Rossi & Rossi Gallery, London, UK; Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Asian American Arts Center, NY; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh; Kennedy Museum of American Art, Athens, OH; University of California at Santa Barbara, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing, China; Fukuoka Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan; and others. Her works are held in the permanent collection of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at Oxford University, United Kingdom, Hong Kong Museum of Art, and in corporate and private collection. Bovey’s work is represented by Grotto Fine Arts Gallery in Hong Kong.

In 2009, Bovey is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation award. In 2008, Bovey received the Ruth & Harold Chenven Foundation Award and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. In 2007, the Vira I. Heinz Endowment Fellowship awarded her an artist residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was also a nominee of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and was named Mid Career Artist by the Asian American Arts Center in New York. Additionally, she has received multiple grants from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Among other awards include Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Fine Arts Fellowship from the San Francisco Foundation, CA and Urban Council Fine Arts Award, Hong Kong.

Numerous books and catalogues have featured Bovey’s works and biographical achievements, including Papercraft (Berlin: Die Gestalten Verlag, 2009), Exploring Color Photography: From the Dark Room to the Digital Studio (McGraw-Hill, 2004), and Exploring Motion Graphic (Thomson/Delmar Learning, 2007).

Bovey has earned a BA in fine arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a MFA in painting from the University of California at Berkeley, and a second MFA in digital arts from Pratt Institute in New York.

Artist Web Site
Exhibition History at Gallery 456
1998Bovery Lee
Works & History
2009Grotto Fine Art Gallery, Where the Waves Break: Paper Cutouts by Bovey Lee, Hong Kong (catalogue)
Museum Bellerive, Scherenschnitte - Kontur pur, Zurich, Switzerland
Blackburn Museum, Strange World, Blackburn, United Kingdom
Rossi & Rossi Gallery, Urban Spirituality, London, United Kingdom (catalogue)
Scope/Art Asia, Basel, Switzerland and Miami, Florida
Hong Kong International Arts and Antiques Fair, Hong Kong Exhibition Center, Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong Exhibition Center, Hong Kong
Grotto Fine Art Gallery, Liners’ Paradox, Hong Kong
2008Scope/Art Asia, Miami, Florida
National Glass Centre, Beautifully Crafted, Sunderland, United Kingdom
Fe Gallery, In the Making: 250 Years/250 Artists, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (catalogue)
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Biennial, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (catalogue)
Hong Kong International Arts and Antiques Fair, Hong Kong Exhibition Center, Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong Exhibition Center, Hong Kong
2007Grotto Fine Art Gallery, On Gossamer’s Edge: Paper Cutout Drawings by Bovey Lee, Hong Kong (catalogue)
Asian American Arts Center, Bing Lee and Bovey Lee at Mid Career, New York, New York
International Contemporary Art Fair, Hong Kong Exhibition Center, Hong Kong
1a Space, Talkover/Handover, collaboration with Chin Fung Leung, Hong Kong (catalogue)
2006California State University, Han Zi Reinvented, Fullerton, California (catalogue)